SOURCE: AirWave Wireless

October 09, 2006 08:00 ET

AirWave Wireless Survey Shows Growth and Transition of University Wireless LANS

Significant Network Architecture Changes to Occur Within Two Years

SAN MATEO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 9, 2006 -- AirWave Wireless, the leader in wireless network management and security, announced today the results of a recent wireless network user survey of IT professionals at institutions of higher education. The survey results reveal that wireless networks at colleges and universities have grown quickly and will go through significant architectural changes over the next two years.

The survey, conducted in August, included a random sampling of IT departments and network administrators from colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. Participants identified extending the life of current WiFi infrastructure, user and device monitoring, and management of multiple network architectures and vendors as the most important wireless management issues on their campuses.

Of particular note, the vast majority of respondents reported that they have existing networks composed of autonomous 'thick' access points, with plans to migrate to a more centralized 'thin' architecture within the next 18 to 24 months. But even while most universities will make the move toward centralized networks, nearly half of those institutions expect to maintain multi-architecture and multi-vendor wireless networks in the long term.

Highlights of the survey include:

--  64% of respondents today have wireless networks with 100 or more
    access points with plans to expand; 11% have more than 1,000 APs in place
    today
--  78% have autonomous 'thick' access points today; 36% use a centralized
    'thin' AP architecture; and 20% use both thick and thin APs simultaneously
--  Within two years, 66% expect to use 'thin' APs and 44% expect to
    operate 'multi-architecture' wireless networks
--  The number of institutions using mesh networking technology will
    increase from less than 5% today to more than 20% within two years
--  44% have multi-vendor wireless network infrastructures today
--  "User & Device Monitoring" is the top wireless management priority
    
"These findings confirm what AirWave has learned by working with hundreds of colleges and universities: as their wireless networks grow larger and more complex, their IT departments need flexible management solutions that enable them to control and monitor a diverse infrastructure," said AirWave Wireless CEO Gary Hegna.

About the AirWave Wireless Management Suite

The AirWave Wireless Management Suite is a comprehensive wireless solution that manages WLAN infrastructure from leading vendors including Cisco, Aruba, Symbol, Proxim, HP ProCurve, Enterasys, Avaya, and many others. The software is also architecture-agnostic, offering a single console from which to manage the university's entire wireless network, including traditional 'thick' APs, 'thin' APs, and even mesh networks.

AirWave is a leader in the higher education market, with customers including Yale University, Vanderbilt University, University of Denver, Loyola Marymount University, Indiana University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and many others. AirWave Wireless is exhibiting this week in booth 924 at EDUCAUSE 2006, October 9-12, in Dallas, TX.

About AirWave

AirWave Wireless, Inc. is the leading developer of network management software solutions that provide administrators a single point of intelligent control to monitor, analyze, and configure their wireless network infrastructure. The privately held company is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and is backed by investors Westbury Equity Partners, Ignition Partners and Idealab. The company's patent-pending AirWave Management Platform™ software is sold through a global network of value-added resellers and systems integrators. For more information, visit the company's website at www.airwave.com.

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